Pre-orders for the new, eight-core Samsung Chromebook 2 have gone live in the US.
The Samsung US website lists both the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models as available for pre-order with an expected shipping date of ‘early May, 2014′. Amazon US is touting a shipping date of April 28.
Starting at $319, the 11-inch version is available in black and white variants, replete with the faux-leather, stitched edge look Samsung is coating many of its consumer electronics in at present. It features 4GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD and an Exynos 5 Octa 5420 ARM processor clocked at 1.9GHz.
For a bit more oomph, the 13-inch Chromebook 2 is powered by an Exynos 5 Octa 5800 running at 2.0GHz. The bump in performance comes with a bump in cost — $399. It’s only available in one colour, ‘titan gray’, and also features 4GB RAM and a 16GB SSD.
The Samsung Chromebook 2 is the first Chrome OS device to ship with so-called “bloatware” by coming pre-loaded with several applications and subscriptions that are aimed at offering ‘extra value’ to the user.
An ‘exclusive bonus case’ is being bundled with orders placed through the Samsung US online store prior to April 27.
Want in? More details can be found at the links below.